Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 4 Kit

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  • Grade: 4
  • Lexile: 650L-810L
  • Guided Reading Level: S-W
  • Interest Level: 3-6
  • Item: 28844
  • ISBN: 9781493866298
  • Language: English
Description

Build students' literacy skills while fostering curiosity, creativity, and innovation! Created in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution, this kit uses real-world examples to give students insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve real-world problems. The books feature dynamic images and text features that enhance the reading experience and build visual literacy, and include STEAM career advice from Smithsonian employees working in STEAM fields.

Featuring high-interest topics based on Smithsonian content, each book includes a hands-on STEAM challenge that guides students through every step of the engineering design process and content that highlights every aspect of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. By becoming STEAM proficient, students are prepared to answer complex questions, investigate global issues, and develop solutions for modern-day problems. This kit supports social and emotional learning (SEL) in the classroom and aligns to state and national college and career readiness standards, including NGSS.

Smithsonian STEAM Readers Grade 4 Kit includes:

  • Nonfiction books -15 titles, 6 copies each, 32 pages per book
  • Standards-based reading, writing, and STEAM lessons
  • Full-color Management Guide with balanced assessments
  • Interactiv-eBooks
  • Professional audio recordings of books
  • Reproducible student activity sheets

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Components

Series highlights include:

  • Nonfiction books - 15 titles, 6 copies each, 32 pages per book in print and digital formats
  • Full-color Management Guide features lesson plan components, balanced assessments, differentiation strategies, and standards correlations
  • Research- and standards-based reading, writing, and STEAM lesson plans
  • Culminating activity that challenges students to identify a problem and apply what they've learned about the engineering design process to find solutions
  • Interactiv-eBooks to engage students, build 21st century skills, and extend the reading experience with digital writing and comprehension activities
  • Professional audio recordings of books to improve fluency and support English language learners
  • Reproducible student activity sheets

Books - 6 copies each of 15 titles

Each leveled reader features a high-interest topic based on Smithsonian content. The dynamic images and text features enhance the reading experience and build visual literacy. Each book includes a hands-on STEAM challenge that guides students through every stage of the engineering design process. The real-world examples give insight into how the engineering design process is used to solve real-world problems. The books offer career advice from Smithsonian employees working in STEAM fields and highlight every aspect of STEAM: science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

Designing Butterfly Exhibits 6-Pack

Designing Butterfly Exhibits 6-Pack

Level: 4.8

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29014


Learn about the challenges scientists face when creating indoor ecosystems for butterflies! With a hands-on STEAM activity and career connections, this 6-Pack uses real-world examples to teach how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Organic Farming 6-Pack

Organic Farming 6-Pack

Level: 4.4

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29015


Learn about the organic food revolution taking place! With a hands-on STEAM activity and career connections, this 6-Pack of Smithsonian nonfiction readers uses real-world examples to teach how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Saving the Arctic 6-Pack

Saving the Arctic 6-Pack

Level: 4.2

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29016


Discover how changes in the Arctic ecosystem and melting polar ice affect the entire Earth. With a hands-on STEAM activity and career connections, this 6-Pack uses real-world examples to teach how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Powered by Steam 6-Pack

Powered by Steam 6-Pack

Level: 4.2

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29017


Learn about the history of steam power and the inventors and engineers who made it possible! With a hands-on STEAM activity and career connections, this 6-Pack uses real-world examples to teach how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

The Culture of Calendars 6-Pack

The Culture of Calendars 6-Pack

Level: 4.7

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29018


It's "time" to learn how different cultures have kept calendars for thousands of years! With a hands-on STEAM activity and career connections, this 6-Pack uses real-world examples to teach how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Conserving an Aircraft 6-Pack

Conserving an Aircraft 6-Pack

Level: 4.4

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29019


Read how Smithsonian conservators saved and restored an experimental WWII aircraft! With a hands-on STEAM activity and career connections, this 6-Pack uses real-world examples to teach how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Designing Butterfly Exhibits 6-Pack

Organic Farming 6-Pack

Saving the Arctic 6-Pack

Powered by Steam 6-Pack

The Culture of Calendars 6-Pack

Conserving an Aircraft 6-Pack

Level: 4.8

$54.99

Level: 4.4

$54.99

Level: 4.2

$54.99

Level: 4.2

$54.99

Level: 4.7

$54.99

Level: 4.4

$54.99

Item Number: 29014

Item Number: 29015

Item Number: 29016

Item Number: 29017

Item Number: 29018

Item Number: 29019

Rebuilding the Body 6-Pack

Rebuilding the Body 6-Pack

Level: 4.9

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29020


3D-printed prosthetics. Bionic and robotic limbs. Learn how technology has advanced the field of prosthetics. With a hands-on STEAM activity, this 6-Pack uses real-world examples to teach how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Making Movies in Technicolor 6-Pack

Making Movies in Technicolor 6-Pack

Level: 4.9

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29021


The use of Technicolor revolutionized the movie industry. Learn the technology behind Technicolor with this 6-Pack that features a hands-on STEAM activity and uses real-world examples to teach how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Selling More Snacks 6-Pack

Selling More Snacks 6-Pack

Level: 4.3

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29022


How do food scientists make chips that taste like cheeseburgers and packaging that keeps snack foods fresh? Learn the science behind food technology and the problems that food scientists solve with this 6-Pack that features a hands-on STEAM activity!

The Evolution of Space Suits 6-Pack

The Evolution of Space Suits 6-Pack

Level: 4.8

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29023


Learn about the science behind space suits and how they have changed over time. With a hands-on STEAM activity and career connections, this 6-Pack uses real-world examples to teach how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Designing a Shuttle 6-Pack

Designing a Shuttle 6-Pack

Level: 4.9

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29024


Learn about the challenges NASA engineers and scientists faced when tasked with creating the first space shuttle! This high-interest 6-Pack uses real-world examples to teach how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Electric Vehicles 6-Pack

Electric Vehicles 6-Pack

Level: 4.8

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29025


Learn why electric vehicles are enticing drivers to "dump the pump" and how they have evolved over time! With a hands-on STEAM activity, this 6-Pack uses real-world examples to teach how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Rebuilding the Body 6-Pack

Making Movies in Technicolor 6-Pack

Selling More Snacks 6-Pack

The Evolution of Space Suits 6-Pack

Designing a Shuttle 6-Pack

Electric Vehicles 6-Pack

Level: 4.9

$54.99

Level: 4.9

$54.99

Level: 4.3

$54.99

Level: 4.8

$54.99

Level: 4.9

$54.99

Level: 4.8

$54.99

Item Number: 29020

Item Number: 29021

Item Number: 29022

Item Number: 29023

Item Number: 29024

Item Number: 29025

Exploring Volcanic Activity 6-Pack

Exploring Volcanic Activity 6-Pack

Level: 4.9

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29026


Volcanologists are scientists who study volcanoes. Learn about this fascinating STEAM career and the tools of their trade with this high-interest 6-Pack that uses real-world examples to teach how the engineering design process is used to solve problems.

Tracking a Storm 6-Pack

Tracking a Storm 6-Pack

Level: 4.4

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29027


Meteorologists don't just predict the weather. They track hurricanes and tornadoes, and help people plan for disasters--before they strike! Learn about this fascinating STEAM career with this high-interest 6-Pack that features a hands-on STEAM activity.

The Science of Waves and Surfboards 6-Pack

The Science of Waves and Surfboards 6-Pack

Level: 4.1

$54.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29028


Dive in and discover the science behind surfing! Surfers use science to select the right surfboard and to understand the motion of waves. This high-interest 6-Pack features a hands-on STEAM activity and uses real-world examples to teach the content.

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 4 Add-on Pack

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 4 Add-on Pack

Level: 4.1-4.9

$129.99

Grade: 4

Item Number: 29138


This Add-on Pack includes one copy of each of the 15 titles in the Smithsonian STEAM Readers Grade 4 Kit.

Exploring Volcanic Activity 6-Pack

Tracking a Storm 6-Pack

The Science of Waves and Surfboards 6-Pack

Smithsonian STEAM Readers: Grade 4 Add-on Pack

Level: 4.9

$54.99

Level: 4.4

$54.99

Level: 4.1

$54.99

Level: 4.1-4.9

$129.99

Item Number: 29026

Item Number: 29027

Item Number: 29028

Item Number: 29138

Lesson Plans

Strengthen content-area literacy skills with research- and standards-based reading, writing, and STEAM lessons for every title. The STEAM challenge is included on the back of each lesson. Lessons include:

  • Learning objectives
  • Lesson timeline
  • Materials list
  • Introductory activity
  • Before-, during-, and after-reading activities
  • Friendly Feedback question stems
  • Reflection questions and activity
  • Engineering design process checklist
  • Teamwork rubric

Management Guide

Integrate STEAM education into literacy instruction with support from the full-color Management Guide.

  • STEAM Education and the Makers Movement highlights the engineering design process and connections to the 5E Model and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
  • Balanced assessment opportunities that require students to demonstrate analytical thinking, comprehend informational texts, and write evidence-based responses
  • Friendly Feedback Mini Lesson introduces students to effective, constructive feedback to set the stage for a more productive classroom dialogue and supports social and emotional learning (SEL)
  • Differentiation strategies and English language learner support
  • Standards correlations to College and Career Readiness (CCR), Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), McREL Compendium, TESOL, WIDA, and ISTE
  • Tips for incorporating technology
  • Pacing and instruction setting options

Culminating Activities

The culminating activity challenges students to identify a problem and apply what they've learned to solve a real-world problem. Each hands-on, minds-on STEAM challenge guides students through every stage of the engineering design process: researching the issue, brainstorming ideas, designing and testing a solution, evaluating the results, improving the process, and sharing the outcomes.

Digital Resources

Help teachers weave technology into their literacy instruction with a variety of digital resources.

  • Interactiv-eBooks to engage students, extend the reading experience, and build 21st century skills
  • Professional audio recordings of the books to model fluency and support English language learners
  • Reproducible student activity sheets to support hands-on learning

Correlations to National, State, and Province Standards


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